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When temperatures exceed 86° F (30° C) in your area, Volvo recommends, for the protection of your engine, that you use a heavier weight oil, such as SAE 10W-30.

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Hi recently very cold weather gear box froze!! any way to stop this happening

you do not mention if automatic or manual so I will give you freezing points for atf and gear oil
the freezing point of atf oil used in automatic transmissions is -62.5 degrees F so unless the oil is very old and is contaminated with water the oil would not be frozen
gear oil(Shell used in diffs and gear boxes 68 grade ) has a pour point of-24 degrees c
however as a petroleum product, all types of non-synthetic oil will not freeze solid
if you mean that the gear selection was impossible then it may be tolerances that are affected by the cold
how to stop it--- possible to house the car in an insulated garage with a simple bar heater operating to keep the room above freezing point

Jan 22, 2017 | Cars & Trucks

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1994 dodge b150 van 3.9 liter will just about start when 30 degrees outside. Sometimes it won't. 40 degrees starts every time

What is the weight of the oil? Heavier oil will cause a sluggish start/spin in cold weather. 15W40 is heavy. This can kill a battery in no time. Other problems are related to hot/overheated problems.

Dec 31, 2014 | Dodge Cars & Trucks

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I drive a 2002 eclipse 4cyl 2.4l, i live in texas and the summer weather is 100+ degrees and winter is between 30-70degrees, what oil would be best for summer driving and winter drving i just bought 10w 40...

here is a good article explaining the differences between them...the lower the "W" number the quicker it lubricates your engine in cold weather...check the article out.

Hope this helps you!

Jun 24, 2012 | Cars & Trucks

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I just purchased a 06 pontiac torrent. no service record. What kind of oil do i use in this suv? It has 100300 miles on it.

Try a 10w 40 weight.
If you live is a hotter climate use a 20 w 50.
The old addage about "once you use synthetic oil you have to for the life of the car" isn't true.
You just can't mix the two types of oil.
Good luck,Gary

Sep 21, 2011 | 2006 Pontiac Torrent

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My 95 lancruiser is making a loud ticking noise when cold, it seems to diminish after driven for a bit - what can this be?

Motor oil thickens when cold- on very cold days, some grades of motor oil can be nearly the consistency of honey. It takes time for the oil to make its way from the oil pan to the top of your engine.

The ticking you hear is usually caused by the valve lifters running nearly "dry" - meaning that they are getting very little oil. As your Cruiser warms up, the oil thins and makes it "up top" much easier, so the noise decreases.

Make sure that you are following your manufacturers recommendation for the grade and viscosity of oil (example: SG SAE 10W30) for the temperatures you are operating your car in. In extreme cold weather environments, such as Chicago or Milwaukee, you may want to use an even "lighter" oil (example: 10W20 instead of 10W30) - you just have to be certain that when spring arrives, you go with the higher viscosity oil- your manufacturer normally covers this info. The grade (example: SG) is very important because it refers to the detergent content of your oil.

No vehicle manufacturer that I am aware of recommends a "straight grade" viscosity oil (example: SAE 30) in cold weather. Multi-grades, which act "lighter" in cold weather are called for.

The "W" in the oil viscosity designation means "winter" - it is the viscosity of that particular oil at 0 degrees F..... For example, "10W30" oil is as thick as an oil with a viscosity of 10 at 0 degrees F, and is as thick as an oil with a viscosity of 30 at 70 degrees F.

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It is not a good idea to use any oil thickening additive (STP, motor honey, etc...) in cold weather because they tend to add even more viscosity.

"The Court is out" regarding teflon additives such as "Slick 50" to your oil- the principle sounds good to me, and I have used them myself. Personally, a similar product has seemed to help tone down the "startup ticking" I myself have experienced.

Feb 05, 2011 | 1995 Toyota Land Cruiser

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06 cabalt 2.2 ecotec! moisture of sorts found in oil! on oil cap and bottom of dipstick! has any heard of cylinder head issues or block issues with this platform?

is the coolant level OK? losing any coolant? what kind of driving do you do? cold weather? short trips? engine not getting warmed up? how long does it take to drive to work? it could be normal, be sure to use a good oil, I would use MOBIL1 or Kendall Synthetic oil.

Dec 17, 2010 | 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt

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Engine oil capacity & type


Visco 2000 or mobil oil, use the dipstick to check do not let it be too full.

The type specified by the vehicle manufacturer in your owner's manual. For most passenger car and light truck gasoline engines today, it's any oil that meets the American Petroleum Institutes "SH" rating.
As for the viscosity of oil to use, most new engines today require a multiviscosity 5W-30 oil for all-round driving. The lighter 5W-30 oils contain friction reducing additives that help improve fuel economy, and also allow the oil to quickly reach critical upper valvetrain components when a cold engine is first started. Most engine wear occurs immediately after a cold start, so it's important to have oil that is thin enough to circulate easily -- especially at cold temperatures.
For older engines and ones that are driven at sustained highways speeds during hot weather, 10W-30 or 10W-40 is a good choice. Heavier multiviscosity oils such as 20W-40 are for high rpm, high-load applications primarily and are not recommended for cold weather driving.
Straight weight 30W and 40W oils aren't very popular anymore, but some diehards insist on using them. They say the thicker oil holds up better under high temperature (which it does), increases oil pressure and reduces oil consumption in high mileage engines. But straight 30W and 40W oils are too thick for cold weather and may make an engine hard to start. They may also be too thick to provide adequate start-up lubrication to critical upper valvetrain components during cold weather. So switching to a straight 20W oil would be necessary for cold weather driving. Straight 10W oil can also improve cold starting, but is very thin and should only be used in sub-zero climates. A multiviscosity 10W-30 or 10W-40 will provide the same cold starting benefits of a 10W oil and the high temperature protection of a 30W or 40W oil.
For the ultimate in high temperature protection, durability and all-round performance, synthetic oils are the way to go. Unfortunately, most synthetic oils cost up to three times as much as ordinary petroleum-based oils. They cost more because synthetics are manmade rather than refined from petroleum. But this improves their performance in virtually every aspect:
  • Superior temperature resistance. Synthetics can safely handle higher operating temperatures without oxidizing (burning) or breaking down. The upper limit for most mineral based oils is about 250 to 300 degrees F. Synthetics can take up to 450 degrees F. or higher. This makes synthetics well-suited for turbo applications as well as high rpm and high output engine applications.
  • Better low temperature performance. Synthetics flow freely at subzero temperatures, pouring easily at -40 or -50 degrees F. where ordinary oils turn to molasses. This makes for easier cold starts and provides faster upper valvetrain lubrication during the first critical moments when most engine wear occurs.
  • Better engine performance. Synthetics tend to be more slippery than their petroleum-based counterparts, which improves fuel economy, cuts frictional horsepower losses and helps the engine run cooler. The difference isn't great, but it can make a noticeable difference.
  • Longer oil change intervals. Because synthetics resist oxidation and viscosity breakdown better than ordinary motor oils, some suppliers say oil change intervals can be safely extended -- in some cases stretched to as much as 25,000 miles. Such claims are justified by the fact that synthetics don't break down or sludge up as fast as ordinary mineral-based oils do in use. CAUTION: For vehicles under warranty, extending the normal change interval is not recommended because failing to follow the OEM's maintenance schedule can void your warranty.
    Synthetics are available in the same grades as ordinary motor oils (5W-30, 5W-20 and 10W-30) as well as "extended" grades such as 15W-50 and even 5W-50.
    There are also lower-cost synthetic "blends" that combine synthetic and petroleum-based oils in the same container. But you can do your own blend to save money by simply substituting a quart or two of synthetic oil for conventional oil when you change oil. Synthetics are compatible with conventional motor oils.
    Who should use a synthetic oil? The premium-priced oil is best for:
    • Turbocharged or supercharged engines
    • Performance or high output engines
    • Vehicles used for towing (especially during hot weather)
    • Vehicles that are operated in extremely cold or hot climates
    • Anyone who wants the ultimate in lubrication and protection

Take care and good luck

Dec 03, 2010 | 2008 Nissan Xterra

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What is the best oil to use in 06 impala?

2006 Chevrolet Impala 3.5L 6cyl Engine Oil Type - Weight - Capacity: 4

Oil for use in temperatures below -20 degrees

Note :
Quarts with filter change

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Apr 08, 2010 | 2006 Chevrolet Impala

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What oil viscocity for honda accord DX 1990 for cold weather ?

5W- 30 is the lowest you can go in winter time. I would use a high mileage formula since we're talking about a 1990 honda. It will help condition the seals in the motor from making any oil leaks worse.

Nov 16, 2009 | 1990 Honda Accord

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Hyundai oil change

if you stay in cold weather, use 5w-30 for engine oil, if warm weather 10w-40 oil THOSE FOR ENGINE..

FOR automatic gearbox use type MERCON V atf or D III

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